After 14 months of actions, petitions, studies, meetings, and a lawsuit, Governor Abercrombie issued a press release on Valentine’s Day that all island DMV’s will be offering the written drivers test in all of the languages FACE has been requesting.
See the Governor’s press release below:
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
NEIL ABERCROMBIE, GOVERNOR
GLENN M. OKIMOTO, DIRECTOR
For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2014
DRIVER LICENSE EXAMS TO BE OFFERED IN
MULTIPLE LANGUAGES STARTING MARCH 17
HONOLULU – The state Department of Transportation (DOT), the City & County of Honolulu, along with Maui, Hawaii and Kauai Counties announce that beginning Monday, March 17, 2014, the state driver license exam will be available in a variety of languages. In addition to English, twelve language are being offered to better serve our diverse communities. The languages include the following: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tongan, Samoan, Tagalog, Ilocano, Hawaiian, Spanish, Chuukese, and Marshallese.
FACE leaders on Oahu and Maui have been working all year to get an agreement from the State Department of Transportation to restore the written driver’s test translations they cancelled in 2010 and to add Ilocano, Chuukese and Marshallese. You can help by sending a Christmas postcard to the head of the Hawaii DOT. (Download here.) If you print it on cardstock, it does not need an envelope. If you want more copies, call FACE at 375-9560 and we will get you more to distribute.
On September 6, FACE filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Hawaii DOT to require them to fulfill their translation obligations. The Hawaii Attorney General’s Office filed a Motion to Dismiss the case and the Motion will be heard December 3. FACE’s September 6 press conference announcing the lawsuit was covered in newspapers across the country and radio stations in New Zealand and Australia. For more information on this campaign, please call Veronica Teico at 283-9240.